President Obama, during an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes, smacked down reporter Steve Kroft’s statement that Vladimir Putin is “showing leadership” and “challenging Obama’s leadership” in the middle east by helping Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Well, President Obama was having none of this nonsense and giving a look of annoyance and irritation, he schooled Steve Kroft hard:
Kroft: You said a year ago the United States, America leads. We’re the indispensable nation. Mr Putin seems to be challenging that leadership.
Obama: In what way? Let’s think about this.
Kroft: Well, he’s moved troops into Syria, for one. He’s got people on the ground. Two, the Russians are conducting military operations in the Middle East for the first time since World War II, bombing the people that we are supporting.
Obama: So that’s ‘leading,’ Steve? Let me ask you this question. When I came into office, Ukraine was governed by a corrupt ruler who was a stooge of Mr. Putin. Syria was Russia’s only ally in the region and today, rather than being able to count on their support and maintain the base they had in Syria which they’ve had for a long time, Mr. Putin now is devoting his own troops, his own military, just to barely hold together by a thread his sole ally.
Kroft, somehow oblivious to the look on Obama’s face and the smackdown he just received, sat there confused and just repeated the same nonsense.
Kroft: He’s challenging your leadership, Mr. President.
Obama: Steve, I’ve got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership.
If Obama was holding a mic at that moment, it would have been very appropriate to drop it and walk out. Personally I am proud of my president for not letting this go unchallenged, and I would be pretty embarrassed if I was Steve Kroft after this happened.
Watch the look on Obama’s face during this smackdown of Steve Kroft below:
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